’90 Day Fiance:’ Paola Mayfield Deals With Vaccination Controversy

90 Day Fiancé star Paola Mayfield receives a lot of criticism on her Instagram. This comes from commenters who have things to say about her body, how she dresses, and also how she mothers her child, Axel. After Mayfield defended anti-vaxxers and their right to choose not to vaccinate their children, many fans were wondering if she was an anti-vaxxer herself. 

As it turns out, there’s a pretty hard and fast answer to that question. 

Paola Mayfield defends anti-vaxxers’ choices

 Paola Mayfield and Russ Mayfield of  90 Day Fiancé
Paola Mayfield and Russ Mayfield of 90 Day Fiancé | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery, Inc.

When Paola Mayfield revealed her personal views about the choices anti-vaxxers make, she shocked many fans. During a Q&A session, a fan asked, “Thoughts on anti-vax?”

Paola replied to the question with, “They have the right to choose what they want and what they feel is safe for their loved ones without being judged! I’m not anti-vax, but believe me, I will do my research before putting something in my little one!”

So, while Paola made it clear that she herself isn’t an anti-vaxxer, she does defend their right to choose whatever they want to do. Some might feel this is open-minded of her, but in reality this attitude endangers the lives of other young children around those who go unvaccinated. 

Additionally, the 90 Day Fiancé star took one action that firmly exhibited that she wasn’t an anti-vaxxer when it comes down to it. 

She vaccinated her son

Paola Mayfield faced some criticism when she decided to vaccinate her son, Axel. While some praised her for her decision, her Instagram lit up with angry anti-vaxxers blasting her for her choice. 

Paola posted a breastfeeding picture to Instagram, and captioned it, “My baby boy had his first vaccination today. Axel was so brave just like his mommy. @russ_mayfield has been reading The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears. We have decided that we want to give our son specific vaccinations and avoid potential risks and side effects.”

Fans respond to Paola’s post

Paola Mayfield’s post received attention from two groups — one, who was frustrated with her for getting her son vaccinated, and another that was upset with her for promoting a book that endorses questionable vaccination methodology.

One user wrote, seemingly in reference to Paola’s choice to avoid certain vaccines, “Pao…surely you cannot be serious? Do you know that you are putting your child at greater risk by NOT vaccinating? You are so not making intelligent decisions with regards to your child’s healthcare.”

Another user added, “Just saw an article about Dr. Sears and how is vacation schedule is reckless. I don’t usually get involved in these debates but it is worth you googling the research that puts into question his approach to vaccinations. Measles are on the rise. I have 4 children all have had vaccines on the normal schedule with no problems.”

One disgruntled anti-vax user wrote, in part, “Do your research online watch YouTube of these family who are now suffering cause they gave their children that vaccination it’s like Russian roulette are you will to gamble on your child’s life just for vacations????”

Another user wrote, “Paola you going to see when you baby boy I change after the vaccine! And maybe get the autism too.” 

While Paola Mayfield may not be an anti-vaxxer, she is utilizing questionable resources to determine her vaccination plans for her child.